Courses of Study 2020-2021 
    
    Oct 20, 2021  
Courses of Study 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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STS 1102 - Histories of the Future

(crosslisted) HIST 1620  
(CA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)      
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

R. Prentice.

From Frankenstein to The Matrix, science fiction and film have depicted contemporary science, technology, and medicine for almost two centuries. This course introduces students to historical and social studies of science and technology using science-fiction films and novels, as well as key readings in science and technology studies. What social questions can fictional accounts raise that factual ones can only anticipate? How have “intelligent machines” from Babbage’s Analytical Engine to Hal raised questions about what it means to be human? What can Marvel Comics teach us about changes in science and technology? When can robots be women and, in general, what roles did gender play in scientific, technological, and medical stories? How was the discovery that one could look inside the human body received? How do dreams and nightmares of the future emerge from the everyday work of scientific and technological research?



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